Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center
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The Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (commonly BIEL) is a large multi-purpose facility, in Tohwitta, Fern el Cheback, Emile Lahoud highway Beirut. Lebanon's largest such complex, it hosts exhibitions (Beirut Book Fair), conferences, concerts and private events. It opened on 28 November 2001.
American pop-R&B diva Mariah Carey gave the Beirut concert of her Charmbracelet World Tour on 24 February 2004 at the BIEL. British pop musician Phil Collins in 2005 took a part of a charity concert for children cancer at the BIEL. On 10 June 2006, rapper 50 Cent and The G-Unit performed their first concert in the Arab world at the BIEL. On May 26, 2011, Colombian Singer Shakira of Lebanese Origins was set to perform in the hall later was moved to the outside due to overwhelming ticket sales. On 23 July 2014, English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding performed in the BIEL as part of The Halcyon Tour of hers. Avicii performed in the BIEL the 22nd of July 2016.
Shakira holds the record for the most attended concert in Lebanon with around 32,000 people.
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